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Opposition leader rejects Annan's call for dialogue

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BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Syria's main opposition group is rejecting calls from a U.N. envoy for dialogue with the government of Bashar Assad.

The opposition leader says those talks would be pointless and unrealistic, as long as the regime is massacring its own people.

Envoy Kofi Annan is due in Syria this weekend for meetings with Assad. Yesterday, he urged the opposition to come together with the government to find a political solution.

Activists say at least 26 people have been killed across Syria today.

Meanwhile, there have been additional defections. A Turkish official says two Syrian generals, a colonel and two sergeants left Syria for Turkey yesterday. The move came a day after a Syrian deputy oil minister also deserted the Assad regime, making him the highest-ranking civilian official to join the opposition.

The high-level military defections are significant, since most defectors so far have been lower-level soldiers.

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